Adams Stirling PLC


Founder. With an extensive background in the community association industry, Adrian Adams is one of the leading attorneys in California specializing in common interest developments. Adrian founded ADAMS | STIRLING PLC and quickly grew the firm into a preeminent boutique firm specializing in highrise condominiums, stock cooperatives, business parks, lake associations, golfing communities, equestrian associations, and ocean-front communities. Seeing the need to educate board members and homeowners, Adrian created a free research website called that quickly became the number one resource for everything related to the laws affecting residential and mixed-use common interest developments in California. This was then followed by for commercial and industrial common interest developments. Adrian also publishes the ADAMS|STIRLING Newsletter that has become the largest circulating newsletter of its kind in the state.

Expert Witness. Adrian also serves as an expert witness on standards of care issues involving association boards and managers and has testified extensively on issues involving maintenance, mold, rules enforcement, budgets, reserves, governing documents, management, and operations.


  • Recipient of an AV Preeminent Peer Review designation from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Past President of the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR)
  • Founding member of the "Critical Issues Think Tank" of FCAR
  • Past member of the Task Force on Aging Infrastructures
  • Past member of the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Community Associations Institute
  • Past Delegate to California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC)
  • Created curriculum for and taught Association Management and Law for ten years through UCLA Extension
  • Designated a "Super Lawyer" by
  • Named one of the "Top Lawyers" in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine

•  Juris Doctor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
•  Master of Business Administration, Anderson School, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
•  Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Psychology and a double minor in Chemistry and Biology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Graduated with Great Distinction; Four-time University Scholar; Member of Phi Eta Sigma, Psi Chi, and Phi Delta Phi Academic Societies


All California courts
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Supreme Court